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The Pirate -- It's a fun-filled and musical case of mistaken identity when lonely Judy Garland mistakes traveling clown Gene Kelly for a famed Caribbean pirate.


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Release Date:
11 June 1948 (USA) See more »
Treasure Chest Of Magic See more »
A girl is engaged to the local richman, but meanwhile she has dreams about the legendary pirate Macoco... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
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A Calculated Risk from MGM and Vincente Minnelli... See more (53 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Judy Garland ... Manuela

Gene Kelly ... Serafin
Walter Slezak ... Don Pedro Vargas

Gladys Cooper ... Aunt Inez

Reginald Owen ... The Advocate
George Zucco ... The Viceroy
The Nicholas Brothers ... Specialty Dance
Lester Allen ... Uncle Capucho
Lola Deem ... Isabella

Ellen Ross ... Mercedes
Mary Jo Ellis ... Lizarda
Jean Dean ... Casilda
Marion Murray ... Eloise
Ben Lessy ... Gumbo
Jerry Bergen ... Bolo
Val Setz ... Juggler
The Gaudsmith Brothers ... Poodle Act (scenes deleted) (as Gaudsmith Brothers)
Cully Richards ... Trillo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lola Albright ... Manuela's Friend (uncredited)
Marie Allison ... 'Nina' Showgirl (uncredited)
Anne Beck ... 'Nina' Showgirl (uncredited)

Oliver Blake ... Baker (uncredited)
Wheaton Chambers ... Artist (uncredited)
George Chandler ... Carriage Driver (uncredited)
Bruce Cowling ... Guard (uncredited)
Willa Pearl Curtis ... Black Maid (uncredited)
Peter Cusanelli ... Jovial Civilian (uncredited)
William Edmunds ... Town Clerk (uncredited)
George Emerson ... Boatswain with Parrot (uncredited)
Fred Gilman ... Coachman (uncredited)
Suzette Harbin ... Black Maid (uncredited)

William Hoehne Jr. ... Blond haired singer dancer (uncredited)
Jane Howard ... 'Nina' Showgirl (uncredited)
Paul Maxey ... Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Jill Meredith ... 'Nina' Showgirl (uncredited)
Aurora Navarro ... Duenna (uncredited)
Fayard Nicholas ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Harold Nicholas ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Jimmy Page ... Black Barber (uncredited)
Sharon Saunders ... 'Nina' Showgirl (uncredited)

Dick Simmons ... Captain (uncredited)
Dee Turnell ... Luisa (uncredited)
Irene Vernon ... 'Nina' Showgirl (uncredited)

O.Z. Whitehead ... Hurtada (uncredited)

Marie Windsor ... Madame Lucia (uncredited)

Directed by
Vincente Minnelli 
Writing credits
Albert Hackett (screenplay) and
Frances Goodrich (screenplay)

S.N. Behrman (play)

Joseph L. Mankiewicz  uncredited
Frances Marion  uncredited
Joseph Than  uncredited

Produced by
Arthur Freed .... producer
Original Music by
Lennie Hayton (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Harry Stradling Sr.  (as Harry Stradling)
Film Editing by
Blanche Sewell 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Jack Martin Smith 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
Costume Design by
Tom Keogh 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup artist
Sydney Guilaroff .... hairstyle designer
Production Management
Al Shenberg .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wallace Worsley Jr. .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Arthur Krams .... associate set decorator
Doris Lee .... paintings
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Norwood A. Fenton .... sound (uncredited)
Van Allen James .... sound editor (uncredited)
Russell Saunders .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Borland .... grip (uncredited)
Jerome Hester .... still photographer (uncredited)
Sam Leavitt .... camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Irene .... costume supervisor
Barbara Karinska .... costume execution (as Karinska)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Lennie Hayton .... musical director
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrator
Roger Edens .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Wally Heglin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Robert Alton .... dance director
Henri Jaffa .... associate technicolor color director
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Gene Kelly .... dance director
Conrad Salinger .... instrumental arrangements
Leslie H. Martinson .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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102 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Did You Know?

Judy Garland was smoking four packs of cigarettes a day during filming.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Gene Kelly first shouts 'MACOCO' during the fight with Don Pedro, his mouth is wide open but he never moves it to make the third syllable of the word.See more »
Manuela:Why, it would mean the ruination of my complete life!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Glorious Technicolor (1998) (TV)See more »
NinaSee more »


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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A Calculated Risk from MGM and Vincente Minnelli..., 1 December 2005
Author: Isaac5855 from United States

THE PIRATE was a definite departure from the typical fare MGM was churning out during the 40's and 50's and audiences let MGM know immediately that this was not the kind of thing they were accustomed to because, for the most part, audiences stayed away in droves, and sadly, missed one of the most colorful and imaginative offerings to come from the MGM stable. THE PIRATE was the second of three films that Judy Garland and Gene Kelly appeared in together. Judy delivers a smart comic performance as Manuela, a Spanish princess engaged to a rich and sleazy nobleman (Walter Slezak)though at night she dreams of being with an enigmatic pirate she has heard tales of called Macoco or Mack the Black. Manuela meets Serafin (Gene Kelly) an actor in a traveling troupe and mistakes him for Macoco and it is this bit of mistaken identity upon which the thin plot thread resolves. Vincente Minnelli once again shows his penchant and eye for color with some outstanding scenery and art direction, as well as some state of the art special effects for 1948. Despite looking frail, Garland delivers an on target comic performance as Manuela and her voice, in fine form as usual, resonates on the rousing "Mack the Black" and is equally compelling on the beautiful ballad "Love of My Life". Gene Kelly is at the peak of his on screen charm and physical and dancing prowess as the witty Serafin and makes the Pirate Ballet fantasy a must see for musical fans and it goes without saying that his duet with Garland, "Be a Clown" is a classic. Kelly also does an amazing dance number with the Nicholas Brothers. Vincente Minnelli's magical eye, the voice of Garland, the charisma of Kelly, and Cole Porter music...what else do you need?

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